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Unleashing the potential of prevention

Cancerworld (EU) - 20/08/2017
Knowledge is power. And knowledge about what to do to lower the risk of developing cancer has the power to save lives. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, at least half of the world’s cancers are preventable on current knowledge alone. And IARC’s new European Code Against Cancer (published in this issue of Cancer World) takes the evidence about the exposures, agents and behaviours that definitely cause cancer and turns it into advice for the general public.

Lasers used to detect risk of heart attack and stroke

Science Daily (US) - 18/08/2017
Patients at risk of heart attacks and strokes may be spotted earlier thanks to a diagnosis tool that uses near-infrared light to identify high-risk arterial plaques.

MR-guided focused ultrasound continues to gain momentum in treating essential tremor patients

News Medical (Australia) - 18/08/2017
INSIGHTEC announced today that worldwide adoption of MR-guided focused ultrasound continues to gain momentum as Exablate Neuro patient treatment numbers surpass the 1000 mark.

Potential health effects of 5G network unknown: expert

ABC Australia - 18/08/2017
More research is needed into the high-speed mobile phone technology before it is rolled out in Australia, an international expert says.

Stanford finds link between bad eyesight and dementia

Daily Mail (UK) - 17/08/2017
Scientists at Stanford University said their findings provide the 'first evidence' of a strong link between poor vision and dementia.

Canadian study finds loss of smell could be dementia sign

Daily Mail (UK) - 17/08/2017
The groundbreaking findings, out of McGill University, could lead to a smell test for early signs of dementia, an idea which has long been touted by researchers.

Lose pounds and stave off dementia with the Viking diet

Daily Mail (UK) - 17/08/2017
Recent research shows the Nordic diet is linked with a smaller decline in memory. MailOnline shares recipes from restaurateur and TV chef Claus Meyer's book The Nordic Kitchen.

Brain chemical NPGL controls appetite and body fat composition: Beneficial for our ancestors; potential cause of obesity pandemic

Science Daily (US) - 17/08/2017
NPGL, a recently discovered protein involved in brain signalling, has been found to increase fat storage by the body – even when on a low-calorie diet.

Experiences of stroke survivors with visual impairments examined

Science Daily (US) - 17/08/2017
A new study identifies simple measures that could substantially improve the quality of life of stroke survivors with visual impairments.

Simulation shows the high cost of dementia, especially for families

Science Daily (US) - 17/08/2017
A new simulation of the dementia epidemic estimates the economic impact the disease has on households and public insurance programs and provides a tool for projecting the impact that different interventions could have.

Researchers discover new brain area involved in spatial memory and navigation

News Medical (Australia) - 17/08/2017
Navigation in mammals including humans and rodents depends on specialized neural networks that encode the animal's location and trajectory in the environment, serving essentially as a GPS, findings that led to the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Liquid biopsies show potential use for cancer screening

News Medical (Australia) - 17/08/2017
A new study has shown the potential of analyzing cell-free DNA (cfDNA) present in patients’ blood for cancer markers in early cancer detection. This technique was used in some instances for patients who already were diagnosed with a cancer as reported by some studies.

Cannabis protects you from a stroke, study claims

Daily Mail (UK) - 17/08/2017
The researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas found blood flow in the putamen - an area of the brain associated with reward, learning and habits - was greater in users than nonusers.

Scientists discover powerful potential pain reliever

Science Daily (US) - 16/08/2017
Chemists have discovered a powerful pain reliever that acts on a previously unknown pain pathway. The compound is as effective at relieving neuropathic pain in injured mice as a drug widely used for pain relief called gabapentin. If they can demonstrate that it is safe, effective and nonaddictive in humans -- a process that typically takes years -- the discovery could address one of today's biggest public health challenges: the opioid abuse epidemic.

New test differentiates between Lyme disease, similar illness

Science Daily (US) - 16/08/2017
There is now a way to distinguish Lyme disease from similar conditions, report scientists. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States. But it can be confused with similar conditions, including Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness.

UC Irvine pharmacology researchers unearth potential roots of schizophrenia

News Medical (Australia) - 16/08/2017
An abundance of an amino acid called methionine, which is common in meat, cheese and beans, may provide new clues to the fetal brain development that can manifest in schizophrenia, University of California, Irvine pharmacology researchers report in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Experts explore ways to improve safety of care for nursing home residents with dementia

News Medical (Australia) - 16/08/2017
By 2050, the number of people 65 and older with dementia in the United States is expected to nearly triple – from 5 million to more than 13 million – increasing the numbers in assisted living and nursing homes.

Breakthrough research could potentially improve detection and treatment of anal cancer

News Medical (Australia) - 16/08/2017
Specialists at The Christie and The University of Manchester have made a breakthrough which could potentially improve detection and treatment of anal cancer, as well as have wider implications for other cancers.

Old doors open the way for residents with dementia

ABC Australia - 15/08/2017
A photographer and former aged care worker is helping people with dementia choose their own front door to help them with recognition.

Does stronger initial response to cancer treatment predict longer overall survival?

Science Daily (US) - 15/08/2017
It seems like such a simple question: Do patients whose tumors shrink more in response to targeted treatment go on to have better outcomes than patients whose tumors shrink less? But the implications of a recent study demonstrating this relationship are anything but simple and could influence both the design of future clinical trials and the goals of oncologists treating cancer.